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News: $81 Million Wasted on NYC Student Database, High Line to Get a Playground, Awesome Lego Olympic Videos

This week brings its share of bummer news, like millions of dollars wasted on a failed student progress tracking system, the closing of Manhattan's cheapest bowling alley and an increased admission fee at one of our favorite NYC children's museums (although it's certainly worth the extra dough!).

But we've got cool news, too, like exciting additions to the High Line, a kid-narrated audio tour of MoMA and great Olympic moments as retold by Lego.

News: Fancy New Queens Sprinklers, Daffy's and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Close, a Famous Rat Mascot Gets Revamped

This week we have news of one museum closing, another one being built and a change of location for a beloved geek store. Other stories include the death of Daffy's (it was one of our favorite places to pick up discounted kids' clothes!), word of a new Upper West Side spot selling sporty children's wear, an awesome new Long Island City water spot and a revamped rat mascot. Yes, in NYC even the rodents get work.

News: New Literacy Screening Program, Is Your Child Spoiled, Playgrounds for Adults, Space Shuttle SpaceFest

New York State just announced a new literacy screening program for students, which means now's the time for your kids to start putting a dent in their summer reading lists. Other tidbits in this edition of our biweekly links post include info on new adult playgrounds, the last days of a beloved bookstore, an opinion piece about why American kids are so spoiled, and trouble at the brand-new McCarren Park Pool and on the Coney Island boardwalk.

News: New NYC Pools and Skateparks, Zip-line in Foley Square, a Dad’s Take on "Protecting" Kids from Cosmo

Outdoor fun seems to be the theme of this week's links roundup: Two new Brooklyn pools are set to open this summer, a pair of brand-new NYC skateparks also recently debuted and there's soon to be a zip line strung across Foley Square.

We've got all that plus the scoop on a new anti-bullying state law and my take on the mission to muzzle Cosmo because it's damaging to girls (as the dad of two young daughters, I have a strong opinion about it).

News: War on Junk Food, Broadway Kids' Audition and New Bronx Zoo Babies

With schools wrapping up their half days and blowing out the candles on those combo summertime birthday parties, we decided to keep the news short and sweet. Enjoy the start of summer break by cooing at a pair of baby lemurs, getting creative in the recently extended MoMA Material Lab, waiting in line so your kids can audition for a brand-new Broadway musical, and cheering (or booing, depending on your point of view) the war on junk food, which seems to be coming from all sides these days, not just Bloomberg.

News: School Day Cancellations, Summer Reading Kickoff, Lemonade Day, Auditions for Kids to Sing at the U.S. Open

This week we have a few school tidbits (including one piece of news that should thrill students if not working parents), plus info on Summer Reading 2012, Lemonade Day and Dan Zanes' new line of dishware. And while we're sad one of our favorite water play areas will be dry this summer, we're psyched to see one of the South Street Seaport Museum's long-grounded historic boats back out on the water.

News: Scribble Press on UWS Closing, New Ferry to Randall's Island, Zoo Babies, Segregation in NYC Schools

While some baby swans are making their NYC debut, a handful of local family businesses are singing their swan songs, including Scribble Press' Upper West Side location, which closes this month. Of course we've got good news, too, including new ways to get to Randall's Island this summer, a cleaned-up Chinatown Fair Arcade and a star-studded Story Pirates comedy benefit—and if none of those put a smile on your face, well, just look at those cute baby swans!

News: Cooper-Hewitt's New Design Center, Cool New Kids' Cruises, Fort Tryon Park Makeover

In addition to our usual selection of school scoop—some encouraging, some not—we've rounded up links about a bunch of cool new New York City places and programs. We've got details on Cooper-Hewitt's new Harlem Design Center, the star-studded launch of a new kids' cruise, geeky fun at a new comic book shop in Midtown, a new healthy restaurant at Chelsea Piers and newly minted chess champs at a Brooklyn middle school.

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